Nothing makes me happier than knowing where my food comes from. That is why I love supporting local farmers and co-ops. There are so many benefits of supporting local farms that impact the environment and even your health in a positive way. The produce we see at the grocery store comes from all over the world. That’s great that we can eat any type of fruit or vegetable we want during any type of season, but do you ever think about how much that particular food travels and what it goes through just to get into your local grocery store? In fact, because the food has to travel so far, the produce is picked so early so that it doesn’t go bad when traveling to grocery stores.
Fruit and vegetables should be picked after they fully ripen. There’s actually more nutrient content inside the fruit/vegetable when it’s eaten shortly after it is picked AND it even tastes so much better! Seriously farm fresh tomatoes versus store bought?! You really can taste the difference.
Anyway, apple season is here and I thought I’d share a recipe that you can make after picking all those lovely apples from your local farm! Even the little ones can join in making this delicious apple sauce. Farm to table— it can’t get any better than that! So fresh and so good.
- 2 apples – peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1/3 cup filtered water
- 3-4 pieces of lemon peel (about 1.5 inches in length)
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Peel, cut and core apples.
- In a medium sized pot, combine apples, water, and lemon peel.
- Cover with a lid and bring to a boil.
- Once it boils, reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes.
- Remove lemon peel and add maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Stir and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and pour mixture into a high speed blender or immersion blender. I prefer a Vitamix.
- Blend on high until smooth. About 2-3 minutes.
- Pour into a container and save for 1 week.
- Serve warm or chilled and enjoy!